Historic Event in US Soccer: Da’vian Kimbrough Debuts at 13

By: Sandipan Ghosh Image credit: X

Sacramento Republic forward Da’vian Kimbrough created history in United States soccer by becoming the youngest professional player to debut in a competitive match in the US soccer.

Last August, at 13 years, 5 months, and 13 days, Kimbrough signed his first contract with the Sacramento Republic FC. That made him the youngest professional athlete in American team sports history.

Last Sunday (October 1), the US second-tier team, Sacramento Republic, beat the visiting side Las Vegas Lights FC by 2-0. During that game, Kimbrough made his debut in the US professional soccer.

In the 87th minute, Kimbrough came on the field to replace Keko. He was 13 years, 7 months, and 13 days old during his Sacramento Republic FC debut.

According to Sacramento Republic FC's official website, Kimbrough created history with that appearance by becoming the youngest professional athlete in American team sports.

Maximo Carizzo held the previous record for the youngest professional athlete in American team sports. In 2022, the New York City FC 2 player debuted at 14 years, 4 months, and 26 days.

In October 2022, Kimbrough was invited to the US Youth National Team Talent ID Center, a one-day session to replicate YNT camps.

Meanwhile, last September, Kimbrough was also invited to the Mexico U-16 National Team camp. He was even in the starting XI for the Mexican youth team against Club Universidad Nacional.

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